Eco Council

Welcome to Eco Council!
The Eco Councillors of 2021-22 have been very busy this Autumn Term.
They’ve made great strides in helping to improve the recycling in school by helping to empty our new paper recycling bins and they are working to support each class in improving their carbon footprint by checking and turning off lights and taps during lunch times.
During the after school Eco Club, some members helped harvest fruit from the orchard and veg from the kitchen gardens. 
Another exciting activity was taking part in Now Press Play’s ‘Recycling’ experience; children were transported into a dystopian future brought on by climate change and plastics use. Making us think more about Reduce, Reuse and Recycle.
They have lots more ideas to help improve the school and are a keen group that will no doubt make a great impact! 
Eco Club have had a busy start to the year with both the harvesting and cooking of the pears grown at school.  This week they created spiced pear jam to sell at the Christmas Fair and next week they will be making chilli apple chutney - Delicious!
'Jar appeal'
It's that time of year again when Birchwood Eco club harvest and use the apples and pears to make jams and chutneys for the Christmas fair.  We are asking for glass jar donations to support this enterprise.  If these could be sent into school before the October half term, we would be very grateful.  We are ideally looking for smaller jars of 350ml or less. Thank you for your continued support.
One of Eco club's first jobs this year was to harvest the carrots, potatoes, onions, marrow, beetroot, cucumbers and broad beans that were ready to harvest.  They then used these ingredients to make a healthy and tasty stew to take home and enjoy with their family.  The Eco councillors helped to wash, peel and chop the ingredients before they were combined with stock and beef in a slow cooker.  Well done Eco club.
Several children from last year's Eco club travelled across to Hill Top farm near Leamington Spa, to collect their Bronze Food For Life award.  They were presented with their certificate and got a special mention for being the only school in the country to have all their staff trained by the FFL team in cooking skills.  The children picked out some of their most memorable moments to share with other school: the pigeons eating all the cabbages and handing out the tomatoes, lettuce and other salad crops to children across the school at break times.  They were treated to lunch and had the opportunity to take part in activities such as making bird feeders and wellington boot planters for strawberries, creating fruit skewers and exploring the farm.  We are now trying to improve our growing and cooking efforts across the school in order to achieve the Silver standard award.

Eco club and class councillors went to Southfields Farm on Friday to learn about the farming process.  The children explored different soil types, ground their own flour, hunted for wildlife in meadows, woodlands and ponds, fed the animals and travelled around on a tractor trailer to see the different methods of growing crops.  They were enthusiastic and a credit to the school.  Well done!


'My favourite activity was collecting the wild flowers on our journey sticks,' Elsie.


'I really enjoyed using the nets to hunt for insects,' Bobby.


'The donkeys were my favourite animal,' Lily.


Team Birchwood have kindly donated some bug homes which we have put up around the woodland area.  With the support of our wonderful grandparent volunteers, we are busily growing crops for our Farmers' Market on Friday July 6th.
Calling all local producers!
Birchwood Primary School is holding a Farmers’ Market on Friday 6th July 2018. We are looking for fantastic food, crafty creations and the people that make them to get involved to bring it to life. If you grow your own food or flowers, bake your own cakes, knit your own jumpers, or anything in between, we want to hear from you.  Each year group are having their own stalls, Smith’s butchers has signed up and we are looking for other community conscious individuals to help make our first ever farmers market a success.
If you’re interested in taking part in this super, summery school special, please contact Mrs Webb via the school office.
Thank you,
Faith and Mia - Pine Class


Eco Club has moved to after school this half term and the children have started in earnest by weeding and preparing the kitchen garden.  They tended to beans and strawberries that were already present and planted lettuce, carrots, radishes, rhubarb and tomatoes that they are hoping to sell at the school's first ever Farmers Market next half term.  If anyone has any fruit or vegetable plants that they would like to donate, please send them into school to Mrs Webb or Mrs Davis.
The Eco Council and Science Council will be involved in planning a Farmers Market, with a focus on growing our own produce.
Eco Councillors took part in an exciting cookery afternoon where they prepared a set of recipes chosen by Warwickshire Educaterers.  Recipes, and photos of the children preparing them, will be published in a booklet that will go out to all schools in the county.